I have to get this out. I'm sitting at home, I can't sit still. I even got up from writing this like 5 times already. I haven't updated you all on what has been going on with my travel plans lately. I had hoped after I graduated from college in May that by June or July I would have been in Europe already. Clearly, that was not the case. I've been in the process of getting my Italian Citizenship through bloodline on my mother's side. I will write a post explaining it all in detail but its been a long grueling, frustrating process. We are finally at the end, my mom finally got her citizenship and passport. We are currently waiting to hear back from Italy to confirm the rest of our documents so my sister, brother and I can get our passports. I need it the most because I want to stay in Europe longer than 3 months and I don't want to have to worry about visas.
I have planned this travel around the world trip for 5 years. It was my obsession. When I was in my classes in college, thats all I'd think about. I think I daydreamed more than I learned to be honest. I would scribble "Europe", "I love Europe", "I love travel" all throughout my notebooks. Now that its so close, I can't stand waiting for it anymore.
My soul is antsy to get over to Europe and to travel the world. Between that and dealing with the Italian consulate, I've been a bit stressed out. I know I have to be patient. But I think I've been patient enough, 5 years and I'm ready to leave.
The Italian consulate does not do their job, which is to be expected. They are extremely rude and have selective amnesia, which is very frustrating. Also, I'm studying for my TEFL certification to teach English abroad, so I can have some income while I travel. I'm getting a little discouraged if I can even do it. I know when this is all over, a huge weight will be lifted from my shoulders.
Its a waiting game right now. Its in Italy's hands and that makes me uneasy. I know it will get done and it will happen but hopefully it comes soon. I plan to leave at the end of February or early March to go back to Switzerland. I have many friends there and feel like its something I have to prove to myself. I've been talking about going back there for 5 years and I want to live up to my word. I do not know long I will be there, or what I'll do for work. I hope to work at the hostel I stayed at when I was there in 2008. And where will I go to next? Who knows, where ever the wind takes me.
This all means so much to me and I know my soul is meant to travel. I don't know what the universe has in store for me before I leave but its been overwhelming. I appreciate all the lessons and blessings I've had that came at me out of left field, but cut me a break and throw a easy one right down the middle. But then again, I guess it wouldn't feel worth it in the end if the all was so easy.